Rosalynd Harris has never gotten a $450 tip before. In fact, she’d never gotten a tip anywhere near that amount. That changed when Jason White, a dentist from Lubbock, Texas, walked into Busboys and Poets in Washington, D.C., where Harris, a 25-year-old dancer, works.
White was in Washington, D.C., celebrating President Donald Trump's inauguration. Before heading to the airport on Monday, he and his friends decided to grab lunch at Busboys and Poets, a restaurant known for promoting political activism and progressive causes, Today reports. Harris happened to be working that day.
"We started getting looks," White, 37, told Today. "I told my friend, you need to take your hat off. I don't want people to think we're coming in here to flaunt our Trump stuff. We're just coming here to have lunch." Just to be safe, they took their red Make America Great Again hats off.
He says he was relieved when Harris walked up to their table smiling.
"She started laughing when we said we were from West Texas and she said, 'I can tell you're from the South,'" White said. "I said, 'What's your favorite thing on the menu?' She said the avocado panini is delicious, and I love avocado, so I got that . . . It was a relief for both of us. This was just lunch."
He added, "We interacted like regular human beings, not white, not black, not Trump supporter, not black waitress."
On his way out, White left Harris a $450 tip on the $72.60 tab, along with a heartfelt note. "We may come from different cultures and may disagree on certain issues, but if everyone would share their smile and kindness like you . . . our country will come together as one people," he wrote.
We rise by lifting others. A lovely act of kindness pic.twitter.com/S01SV3w8ts— Busboys and Poets (@busboysandpoets) January 24, 2017
"The note was extremely touching and unexpected, and then of course the biggest part was definitely the amount of the tip he left," Harris, who says she’s been surprised by all the attention the act has gotten, told Today.
She called their interaction "a beautiful story," and added that it's not all about race. "This is being taken as a black-and-white situation, and it was more two people having an authentic moment," she said.